Business in brief
Exit First Realty recently announced its selection as the exclusive Homes for Heroes real estate agency in Richmond. Homes for Heroes was founded in 2002 by a group of Minnesota business owners who created a nationwide network of realtors, mortgage lenders, title companies and appraisers whose sole purpose is to offer savings to community heroes when buying or selling a home. As a participant in the program, Exit First Realty will offer full real estate services at a discounted rate to local heroes in metro Richmond. Savings will include discounts on realtor fees, loan fees, title fees, closing costs, and home inspections. Homes for Heroes has already served hundreds of local heroes including Richmond and Henrico police officers. For more information, call 527-3948 or visit http://www.homesforheroes.com .
Henrico-based ChildFund International recently traveled across the Atlantic to deliver hundreds of new TOMS Shoes to children living in Liberia who didn’t have any. The shoes were provided by TOMS One for One™ program, where a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. A ChildFund study in 2010 estimated that 15 percent of school-aged children in developing countries have hookworm or another parasitic disease due to bare feet. A pair of shoes means an opportunity to get an education because they are a requirement to attend school.
Project Management Institute recently approved ECPI University to become a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP). ECPI will be offering an accredited course and lab in Applied Project Management. The course will develop and expand the student’s knowledge of project management methodology as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The emphasis of the course is to gain management skills and resources. PMI REPs are educational organizations that have demonstrated that they are capable of providing world-class effective project management training. There are currently over 1,400 REPs in more than 70 countries.
Elizabeth McNeil recently was appointed as administrator of Hospice of Virginia. McNeil grew up in the West End of Richmond but raised her two daughters in Midlothian. She is a 1981 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing. She continued her education at the University of Virginia and in 1988, received her master of science in nursing, with an emphasis in home care, hospice and administration. McNeil has over 31 years’ experience in the home health, hospice, hospital and consulting fields.
St. Joseph’s Villa recently signed a contract with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) to provide crisis intervention and stabilization services to families in the metro Richmond area. St. Joseph's Villa will operate a six-bed crisis stabilization unit for children ages 5-17 for up to two weeks. Crisis staff will assess criteria for placement in the Crisis Stabilization Unit on the campus at 8000 Brook Road. Once admitted, staff will start "23 ½ hour discharge" planning to the next least restrictive situation. The Villa staff will also use a wide array of "wrap around services” to create the greatest opportunity for family re-unification in the safest environment. Services are expected to begin in March.
Samuel W. Padgett recently was named manager at Southern States Cooperative, Inc. - Williamsburg Road Service, 3119 Williamsburg Rd. Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – Williamsburg Road Service is part of a farmer-owned cooperative that provides a broad range of farm services and agricultural products and materials to producers and other customers in and around Charles City, Providence Forge, New Kent, King William, Prince George, Henrico and Hanover counties. Padgett is a Virginia native and graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He has managed a variety of successful retail nurseries and garden centers as well as a commercial tree farm. In January 2010, Padgett began his employment with Southern States Cooperative, Inc. at the Manassas Service.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Velocitel – leased 9,145 square feet in the Park III Building at 4164 Park Place Ct.; Lindenmeyr Munroe – leased 8,400 square feet in Dabney IV at 2161 Tomlynn St.; RGI General Contractors – leased 2,496 square feet in Gaskins Centre at 3805 Gaskins Rd.; Mola Gebeye – leased 2,464 square feet at 4116 W. Broad St.; Team United Martial Arts – leased 2,048 square feet at 7542 W. Broad St.; Zinga! Frozen Yogurt – leased 2,000 square feet the The Corner at Short Pump at W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; Weight Watchers North America, Inc. – leased 1,985 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower at 8906 W. Broad St.; Randstad – leased 1,600 square feet in Best Buy Station at 4420 S. Laburnum Ave.; and Spanalytics, LLC – leased 1,517 square feet at 1129 Gaskins Rd.
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of a Westerre Commons office condominium located at 3721-D Westerre Pkwy. Rose Properties, LLC purchased the +/- 1,808 square feet condo from Westerre Commons, LLC and the space will be utilized as a dental office.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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